Different baby crawling styles
Learning to crawl is a big breakthrough for your baby, promoting muscle development, self-confidence and motor development. Your baby might start moving in a number of ways, from crawling, rolling around or pulling along with their arms. But don’t worry if your baby is a later crawler - contrary to what some parents believe, research shows that early motor development is not linked to intelligence, and children who start to walk later than others often do not have a delay in other areas of development.
Here’s how your baby might get on the move…
When your baby moves around on all fours, alternatively using arms and knees to travel forwards.
This often happens in the early crawling days, because there’s more power in their arms than their legs.
When a baby moves using straight arms and legs, without bending their elbows and knees.
When a bub moves forward by using their feet and bum cheeks. A very cute manoeuvre (but also one that causes wear and tear on their onesies)!
When a baby shuffles forward on their midriff, using their forearms, knees and lower legs.
If your child is not moving around by 12 months, or not walking by 18 months, it is probably wise to have them assessed.